he’s a great NFL quarterback, perhaps the best of all time. It’s not hard to believe what you can do when it comes to throwing a soccer ball. But he apparently can’t do what he appears to be doing in a video Brady shared on Twitter Sunday.
In the video, which has been viewed over 10 million times, Brady is seen shooting a soccer ball at, uh, Machine of “jugs” (supposedly named after the baseball expression “jug handle curveEach time, Brady lands the ball perfectly, and the machine waits a second, then shoots it back.
“Training camp begins this week,” writes the quarterback for Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I’m looking forward to having some real receivers again …”
Brady is good, but this is Minnesota Fats shooting trick good. And it turns out that even an athlete as good as Brady needed help with this one. When he posted the video on Instagram, Brady tagged the video director Ari fararooy and creative agency Shadow Lion, a company that was founded “with the goal of supporting Tom Brady’s off-field media efforts.”
Fararooy captioned the video on his own Instagram saying, “haters will say it’s fake,” then explained things / muddied the waters further by crediting himself as the director and person in charge of VFX (visual effects). , Shadow Lion as the producer. and creative study Warm N Fuzzy Television with CGI, or computer generated images.
Fararooy and representatives for Shadow Lion and Warm N Fuzzy TV did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But urban legends site Snopes.com got hold of the viral video and started pointing out that in addition to the credits given to people who work to create special effects, there are other indicators that this is not real.
Snopes points to a thread of three tweets from Captain Disillusion’s account, which often points out and explains false or misleading images and videos.
“Notice how the bottom patch behind / on top of the machine wobbles differently than the rest of the environment,” the account noted. “I guess he’s hiding a person who was catching / throwing the ball. Also … watch the machine and its cable slide across the field. The perfect insulation and the only stiff bouncing toy it lands on. Tell me what! It’s CG! They probably didn’t want to crash a real machine because for some reason they cost $ 2K. “
Fake or real, fans had fun with Brady’s video, remember thatwhen Brady was with the New England Patriots? Twitter users sure do.
“Is it fully inflated?” wrote Andrew Feinberg.
Someone else thought the machine could make an NFL team, and wrote, “Sign that thing to a 3-year, 15-thousand contract.”
One Twitter user said of the video: “I can’t tell if this is real or not.”
And someone else replied, “The fact that we have to consider him shows his greatness lmao.”
It won’t be long before Brady is pitching for real again. The Bucs’ first preseason game is Aug. 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Bucs will play the Dallas Cowboys in the first real game of the NFL season on Sept. 9.